Android devices are convenient. Not only do they come with some fantastic tools built-in, but you can add lots of apps to get even more out of your device. Tap or click here for five handy Google apps you should use on your Android.
Your Android phone is also highly customizable. You can customize your phone using many different tools and settings, but what’s practical?
Let’s look at what options you can change right now to unlock your phone’s hidden potential.
Font size is a big issue on smaller phone screens. Even when your phone upscales text, it isn’t always clear. You can control your phone’s font size (which will apply to everything on your entire device, including internet browsing) with these steps:
Here you can change font sizes with a slider. You will be able to live preview the changes as they occur.
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Maybe you want to do that manually. Perhaps you’re sick and tired of the apps crowding your home screen. Whatever the reason is, this is how you fix it:
Keep in mind that this will impact every download in the future from the Google Play Store. If you want to disable it, repeat the same steps and reverse your choice.
Your screen locks after a set amount of time. Someone can access your information in a public space if you put your phone down without locking it. If they swipe your phone while it’s unlocked, they have greater access to your apps and information. Try this:
Select a shorter period for lockout. This will not be affected if you’re viewing media, so shorter times are still usable.
Beyond security issues in public spaces, you also save battery by locking the screen faster. If you’re known for leaving your screen unlocked when you place it down, this will help reduce the number of recharges you need, prolonging your battery life.
Ever turn off Wi-Fi and forget to turn it back on once you get home? Bye-bye, monthly data cap. You can use this option to effortlessly turn Wi-Fi back on without having to remember. Here’s how:
This will auto-connect you to trusted Wi-Fi networks when you’re within reach. That means when you get home, you’re back on Wi-Fi. If you go to a friend’s house and your phone remembers that network, it will auto-connect while you’re there and save your data.
If you lose your phone or wind up in an accident, getting access to emergency contact information is vital for anyone trying to help you or return your missing phone. Here’s how you can display this information on the lock screen without giving anyone access to your phone.
Most people are good. If someone encounters your missing phone, they can use theirs to call your emergency contact and discuss a way to get it back in your hands.
Is your display looking a little dull? Out-of-the-box color settings are rarely the best since there’s no way the manufacturer can know what will look best to your eyes. Here’s how to fix it:
This changes depending on the manufacturer. Some phones will have differently named options. Flick through them to find out which looks best to you.
Sometimes notifications can be a bother. If you want to sleep on them for a little while, this is how you do it:
You’ll see a small timer on the top-right corner of your phone to let you know a snooze timer is active. This is ideal if you’re about to go to the movies or to focus during family dinner without your device pinging from the counter.
Change your text size, stop shortcut creation and even install an entirely new operating system if you want. You can customize everything about your Android phone, which is one of the main features they have over iOS.
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